Amistad For Veterans Project (AFVP)

Many veterans encounter significant difficulty adjusting to post-military life due to the extraordinary experiences of military services. AFVP offers veterans a variety of services to help them transition to civilian life.


Celia Garcia, BSW, MBA – Chief Operating Officer of Social Services 

Provides crisis intervention support, peer support, and case staffing as needed.

Zaide Echegoyen — Program Manager

Is responsible for the daily supervision and management of the AFVP, ensures all deliverables and objectives are met.

Erika Sanchez, — Grant Administrator

Assists with administrative duties as well as processing assessments, screenings, and client surveys.

AFVP – Mental Health

Armando Gerardo, LPC – Veterans Counselor Provides individual, group, marriage, and family therapy to veterans, surviving spouses, and dependents.

David Owens — Veterans Peer Support Specialist Assists with community outreach and education while serving as a peer support to veterans, dependents, and surviving spouses to achieve specific life recovery goals.

AFVP – General Assistance

Randall Robinson – Veterans Navigator Provides comprehensive general assistance services to veterans, dependents, and surviving spouses.


AFVP mental health and general assistance serves the following counties:

  1. Brewster
  2. Culberson
  3. El Paso
  4. Hudspeth
  5. Jeff Davis
  6. Presidio


Mental Health and General Assistance programs are funded through separate grants from Texas Veterans Commission (TVC).
This program is supported by a grant from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans Assistance. The Fund for Veterans Assistance provides grants to organizations serving veterans and their families. For information, visit